Sports

Greg Echlin

  The Virginia Cavaliers dropped the first game of their best-of-three title series against defending champion Vanderbilt, 5-1, Monday night in Omaha. It’s a case of déjà vu.

It happened a year ago when Vanderbilt was victorious in Game One and UVA bounced back to win Game Two.  Four of the nine starters in the Cavaliers lineup played in last year’s championship series against Vandy, so Cavaliers coach Brian O’Connor knows the experience factor will play a role in keeping their hopes alive for their first baseball national championship.

Cavaliers Reach College World Series Finals Again

Jun 22, 2015
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If the Virginia Cavaliers win their first baseball championship at the College World Series, they face the task of beating the defending national champion.

The title series starts tonight, 6/22, at 8 p.m. in Omaha and will be televised on ESPN.

It’s UVA against Vanderbilt again, a best-of-three championship series that didn’t end well a year ago for the Cavaliers and their fans.  Following the  team last year was memorable for Mandi Cabral, a UVA fan who grew in Fredericksburg and now lives in Omaha.

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The University of Virginia baseball team was so close to winning the national championship last year.  The Cavaliers are back in Omaha this year to try it again and they’re off to a good start.

The fans have seen this before, and UVA’s experience factor played a role in its 5-3 victory over Arkansas on Saturday. 

Kenny Towns, a senior from Burke. socked a two-out double in the eighth inning to give UVA the lead for good.  Towns, one of 15 players back last year’s team that finished runner-up to Vanderbilt at the College World Series, reflects on his big moment.

This weekend is a big one for horse-racing, with American Pharoah going for the Triple-Crown.  Here in Virginia, the horse has some special fans – people who know where he came from and hope he’ll bring new honor to the state. 

It’s been more than forty years since Secretariat stunned the racing world with a spectacular win at Belmont.

“He is moving like a tremendous machine.  Secretariat by 12.  Secretariat by 13 lengths on the turn.”

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Publicity surrounding head injury and sports has alarmed some parents, prompting them to pull kids out of contact sports.  At the University of Virginia, some doctors say that’s not necessary.  They say the lack of exercise is a bigger problem than the risk of injury. 

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